My radio history started as a Novice in 1959. Upgrading and moving led to ten different callsigns over the years including NA8M, K8HJ, AA8FP, KD8QL, WB8CIY, WA8EIY, WA2VBF, K3IVT, KN9QMQ. I received my Technician license in 1961,Advanced license in 1968 and Amateur Extra license in 1992.
My interests include CW and DX (338 countries / 330 towards Honor Roll). I am net control on Wednesdays for the Seagull Net (3.940mHz) and Pine Tree Net (3.596mHz), the Maine state-wide SSB and CW traffic nets. I am Maine Section Traffic Manager.
After 35 years as a school administrator in Michigan, I retired in July of 2001. In April of 2005 we moved to Waterford, Maine and renovated an 1860's farmhouse and barn. My shack is in the family room in a roll-top desk. If I roll down the top, the radio equipment disappers.
The main rigs are a new Flex 6300 and a K3. I use LP-Pan panadapters for the K3. The tuners are an HF-AUTO by Palstar and two AT-Autos. The amp is a Elecraft KPA500 solid state for 500 watts.
I have two antennas, a center fed 130 foot doublet and a 100 foot doublet. Both are up 80 feet. Both are fed with home brew open wire line to baluns and an autotuner for each. A coax switch at the desk lets me quickly switch between antennas. Here's the 130' doublet.
It's hard to see the doublet.
I use a lot of software - DXLab Suite for logging and spotting, N4PY for rig control, SmartSDR for the Flex and NaP3 for the K3 panadapter.
My Paddle collection includes a Vizkey 90 Degree single lever, a Kent single lever, K8RA P-2, Bencher, Vibroplex Brass Racer, and a Brown Brothers BTL-A. On the desk are a MagPad and a March Magnetic.
73 de K1ESE
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